benefits of types of tea

Tea Time: Benefits of Types of Tea

There’s nothing quite like a good cup of tea, so we thought we’d look at the various benefits of types of tea out there.

Pu-Erh

Pu-Erh is an earthy tea with a distinct flavour. Some people find it to be an acquired taste, but it’s worth it for the benefits. ┬áPu-Erh is said to aid digestion and fat burning, as well as helping to lower cholesterol and stress levels.

Chamomile

Made from flowers, chamomile tea is renowned for its calming properties. Often used as a relaxant before sleep, it also settles the stomach and helps with symptoms of diabetes.

Mint

Mint tea is an excellent digestive, helping ease the symptoms of cramping, bloating and gastric discomfort by helping move gas through the body. Its digestive properties also help with bowel problems from diarrhea to constipation. Whilst mint teabags are easy to find, the best way to experience mint tea is with fresh leaves from the plant itself.

Lemon & Ginger

Like mint tea, it’s recommended to make lemon and ginger tea with fresh ingredients for the best flavour and effect. Whilst both can be drunk separately, the combination of both makes for a refreshing and effective way to combat a cold, or preventone happening in the first place. For added zing, add fresh chopped chilli.

Ginseng

Ginseng tea is a great booster – it enhances energy, the immune system and apparently even sexual energy. It’s also another great digestive to add to the list.

Another factor in tea making is preparation. There’s an excellent at-a-glance guide to factors such as temperature, brewing time and tea types here.

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